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Factory paint defect?

I've noticed this "circle" in my paint that appears "duller" than the rest of the paint. It almost looks like a palm print or something. Can only see it from this one angle. Tried everything to get rid of it - even claying it, but nothing seems to effect it at all. It almost seems like it's under the clear coat...

Could this be a factory paint defect? If so, would it be covered under warranty? 2018 GT w/6k miles...

It's the mark by the left window reflection....

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I've noticed this "circle" in my paint that appears "duller" than the rest of the paint. It almost looks like a palm print or something. Can only see it from this one angle. Tried everything to get rid of it - even claying it, but nothing seems to effect it at all. It almost seems like it's under the clear coat...

Could this be a factory paint defect? If so, would it be covered under warranty? 2018 GT w/6k miles...

It's the mark by the left window reflection....

Thank you!


Maybe if you raise enough of a fuzz about it. Make sure you can replicate it outside.

I tried to get them to fix thin base coat on one panel and the door and got told my car had aftermarket paint job (which is bullshit) and was then completely ignored.

I'm less than satisfied with Dodge paint to say the least.
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Had something similar on my black '15 Challenger. It's gone away after a couple years of buffing & waxing although you might want to have a good paint shop give an opinion for peace of mind.
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A clay bar isn't going to help with something like this. I can't tell from the picture if it's in the clear, or under it. I would try some compound to buff it to see if that makes it better. If it doesn't, it's most likely under the clear.

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Is someone can post it, one of those Brampton videos shows a detail guy at the end of the line buffing out some paint imperfections and he put little swirl circle marks on the paint which were later buffed out and that might be what you have here.

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Thanks for all of the replies - I appreciate it.

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Is someone can post it, one of those Brampton videos shows a detail guy at the end of the line buffing out some paint imperfections and he put little swirl circle marks on the paint which were later buffed out and that might be what you have here.

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So are you saying that maybe they just forget to buff it out? Just trying to follow you here...

I'll be honest, I don't have any experience with compounds or buffing things out. I may just see what the dealer says first, since i need to take it in for some other small things anyway. I'm just not looking forward to losing my car for a week or so. :-) Also need to figure out where to take it. Not many Dodge dealers nearby (selling dealer is like 45 minutes away). Any advantage to taking it to the selling dealer over any other dealer?

Also - is something like this normally easy to fix? I just don't want them to make things worse trying to fix it. :-)
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Using a compound on that would be a very simple job, maybe even a cleaner wax. It is something anyone can do. You can start with something basic like Meguiars which can be found @ just about any Walmart or Parts Store. There are endless machine options out there also but try by hand first. I have not bought any in a long time but I am thinking less than $20

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Is someone can post it, one of those Brampton videos shows a detail guy at the end of the line buffing out some paint imperfections and he put little swirl circle marks on the paint which were later buffed out and that might be what you have here.

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That's exactly what happened, that's a clear coat burn, the final paint inspection guy stood on it to long..that's what it'll look like when the clear is overheated (cloudy) with a buffer and whatever cut product..you can only see them at certain light angles
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So is that something that can be easily "fixed" by compounding/buffing? Or is it a more involved fix?

Thanks for all of the info - I really appreciate it.
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I've noticed this "circle" in my paint that appears "duller" than the rest of the paint. It almost looks like a palm print or something. Can only see it from this one angle. Tried everything to get rid of it - even claying it, but nothing seems to effect it at all. It almost seems like it's under the clear coat...

Could this be a factory paint defect? If so, would it be covered under warranty? 2018 GT w/6k miles...

It's the mark by the left window reflection....

Thank you!


Definitely looks like a buff burn in the clear, sucks that it's up top at eye level
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